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Group Leader

Rui Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Guelph
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Toronto, Molecular Genetics, lab of Dr. Lewis Kay
PhD, University of Michigan, Chemistry, lab of Dr. Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy
BSc, Peking University, China, Chemical Biology

Graduate students

Nicole Chen

MSc, University of Guelph, 2020-current
BSc, University of Guelph, 2016-2020

As a kid, I was always interested in all things related to science, whether it was electricity or the human body. I have always been infatuated with chemistry and its applications in drug development which led me to pursue a BSc in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry with the co-op option at the University of Guelph. As I start my MSc, I am excited to delve into the complex world of proteins and their behaviour through chemical and biophysical techniques. During my free time, I enjoy reading, trying new food, enjoying the outdoors, travelling, and watching basketball.

Baylie Kalnitsky

MSc, University of Guelph, 2022-current
BSc, University of Guelph, 2017-2021

I have always felt a natural pull towards academia as a means to gain further understanding of the world around me. My interests in high school led me to pursue a BSc in Biomedical Toxicology and Chemistry at UofG. During my undergrad, I discovered that my academic passions lay at the intersection of molecular biology and biophysical organic chemistry. I am now pursuing an MSc in Chemistry and Toxicology where my research will focus on various AAA+ proteins and their cofactors, using techniques like plasmid design and transformation, site-directed mutagenesis, column chromatography, enzyme assay, and NMR. Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking, skiing, playing my ukulele, watching crime dramas, and relaxing with my cat Wynona.

Undergraduate students

Victoria Muir

BSc, University of Guelph, 2018-current

My name is Victoria and I am majoring in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry. I am currently doing my fourth year research project in Dr. Huang’s lab where I will be characterizing the subunit exchange of the protein p97 using NMR. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and watching sports.   

Adam McMahon

BSc, University of Guelph, 2017-current

My name is Adam, and I am a fourth year Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry student, minoring in Mathematics. I have developed a passion for biochemistry. Under the direction of Dr. Huang, I will study the interaction between the SIM and SEP domains of protein p47 for my chemistry research project. Outside of school, I enjoy running and spending time with friends and family, as well as my golden retriever, Mabel. I am also a member of the University of Guelph First Response Team. 

Megan Black

BSc, University of Guelph

My name is Megan Black and I am in my fourth year, majoring in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (Co-op).  I am currently doing my fourth year research project with Professor Huang, investigating the mitochondrial enzyme YME1L and how its domains communicate.  Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing hide and seek with my two dogs, Reese and Talia, and snuggling up with my kitties, Lady and Morris.    

Simrah Waseem

BSc, University of Guelph

My name is Simrah Waseem and I am in my fourth year of biomedical science. I started out as a URA student in the summer of 2022, and now I am doing my fourth-year research project. The main focus of my research has been AAA+ proteins, specifically the ATP-dependent metalloprotease YME1L. Outside of the lab, I enjoy going on walks, reading, and spending time with friends and family.    

Alumni

  • Chor Kwan Lam, Master of Bioinformatics, Capping Project, University of Guelph.
  • Sabrina Heddokheel, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student.
  • Jill Yuen, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student.
  • Husain Al-Jaberi, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student; Current: graduate study in Western Ontario University.
  • Aaron Ovadia, BSc, University of Guelph, 4th year undergrad research student; Current: medical school student.

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